Mick Unti

Mick Unti co-founded Unti Vineyards Winery with his dad George Unti, in 1997. Mick manages the day to day operations of the winery including winemaking, sales and marketing. Mick was born in San Jose, Ca. He finished high school and went to college in the Seattle area at University of Washington. Mick realized early in life the importance of taking the easy way out. He eschewed pursuing a career in the subjects of his degree (Broadcast Communications and Political Science) in favor of working in the wine business. He worked in retail for 8 years, then served as National Sales Manager for McDowell Valley Vineyards before taking a similar position with Jess Jackson's Artisans and Estates. In 1998, Mick left his cushy job at KJ to devote all of his time to the Unti Vineyards Winery.

Newsletter 54, Spring 2017

Newsletter 54, Spring 2017

Newsletter Spring 2017   2016 ROSÉ 2014 MONTEPULCIANO   2014 SYRAH   2014 SYRAH BENCHLAND The Onion-Skin   Acclaimed Rosé Wine Producer Completely Changes Style  HEALDSBURG, CA  – Expressing concerns about becoming too hip and trendy, winemaker/proprietor Mick Unti announced today that Unti Vineyards is changing the style of their acclaimed Rosé. Unti is well-known […]

Newsletter 53

Newsletter 53

2015 ZINFANDEL  2014 SANGIOVESE    2014   SEGROMIGNO   2015 VERDICCHIO   UNTI WINEMAKER, JASON VALENTI Two years ago, we hired Jason Valenti to be our winemaker.  It was a long and somewhat tedious process, but I’m proud and happy to say Jason is the perfect fit for Unti Vineyards. Let me explain. Unti Vineyards Winery […]

Newsletter 52

Newsletter 52

—AN AMERICAN IN ASTI—  It is a crazy world in which we live. On August 30th, I received an email from Ian D’Agata, contributing editor to Vinous and Decanter, and author the remarkable book, Native Wine Grapes of Italy, inviting me to speak at a conference of the Consorzio Barbera D’Asti E Vini del Monferrato. […]

The White Meds are the Right Meds

My, how my tastes have changed. A million years ago, when I first started enjoying wine, I thought barrel fermented California Chardonnay was the #*%@. The richness of fruit combined with toasty oak was easy to identify and appreciate for my novice palate. I then discovered Chardonnay from White Burgundy, wines with more subtle fruit […]

Newsletter 51

2013 MONTEPULCIANO 2014 ROSSO 2013 PETIT FRERE 2013 ZINFANDEL 2015 ROSÉ FANTASY  WINE  DRAFT  GUIDE 2013 MONTEPULCIANO                      For those of you foolish enough to engage in fantasy sports, you know there are certain players who go under-appreciated.  These players are available in the late rounds […]

2013 Montepulciano- A sneaky draft pick

Those of you foolish enough to engage in fantasy sports know there are certain players who go under appreciated. These players are available in the late rounds of a draft, or go undrafted and are subsequently listed on “the waiver wire.” My sleeper fantasty wine pick for the next several years is Montepulciano. Montepulciano is […]

NEWSLETTER 50.5

NEWSLETTER 50.5

NEWSLETTER  50½ 2012 MAGNUMS  //  2013 SEGROMIGNO  //  LACRIMA  //  PORT   If 2012 was the vintage of “power,” 2013 is one of “precision.” Our 2013 Segromigno speaks well to this Chris Farley-like analysis. ** 2013 is the first of three drought vintages, all of which are excellent. The growing season was not as cool […]

First Day of Crush 2015 and KEXP

    Hey , Tommy—What are we listening to? KEXP Isn’t that the UDub station? Yes. Geez. I worked in those studios a million years ago, when nobody cared. Today we crushed our first grapes for 2015, Grenache for Rosé. A momentous occasion, first day. We always begin with a glass of Grower/Producer Champagne – […]

Newsletter 49 SPRING 2015

Newsletter 49 SPRING 2015

WHAT A YEAR IT WAS… For many folks here in Northern California, 2012 was a magical year. The Giants won the World Series (ughhhhh). The A’s made a miraculous turnaround and won their division on the last day of the season. And, more importantly for you, it was one of the best vintages in the […]

Newsletter 48 Fall 2014

Newsletter 48 Fall 2014

2012 GRENACHE  2012 SYRAH How Wine Works  ::  Terroir in Music and Wine I’ve been happily reading David Byrne’s How Music Works since my daughters gave it to me this past Father’s Day. One of the reviewers for this comprehensive work by our beloved man in the big suit states: “It should be named How […]